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In the Cup rankings Dream About Me, Forgotten Highway and Alta Orlando have booked their Cup berths, by placing one, two and three in last week’s Canterbury Classic. Let’s Elope, Tiger Thompson, Bettermatch, Classie Brigade and Don Domingo have all been withdrawn from the Cup.  In the Dominion rankings Harriet Of Mot has burst in from outside the field to confirm her Dominion start with a win in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup. Alderbeck gave her chances of gaining a start a big boost with a strong third she now moves to 14th. This week we have had 15 horses withdrawn from the Dominion. The most notable of those is Monbet, who has lost a race against time to be fit for the trot, however connections are still hopeful of having the star trotter on hand during Cup Week. Another notable withdrawal is Habibi Inta the  4YO Ruby winner from this year’s Harness Jewels.   View the full rankings list here   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

The Used To Me @ Haras des Trotteurs Dominion saw many movements in the past week. The major ones being Destiny Jones who jumps to 9th on the back of her Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup win, which goes very close to assuring a Dominion start. Jen Jaccka’s third elevated here from 30th to 22nd. There have been three withdrawals in the past week in the Dominion; those being Une Belle Allure and My Tribeca who have both been recently retired and also Lavros Jack. Those defections will leave a very healthy 49 trotters hunting for the 15 spots in the field on Show Day. The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup rankings have had a minor shake up also. Alleluia is now a confirmed nomination and as a result he comes into the rankings at number 15. Northview Hustler’s Spring Cup win earned him a sizeable bump to 18th. Star Galleria and Let’s Elope who filled second and fourth in the Spring Cup both improved a spot.   See the full rankings here!   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc  

Natalie Rasmussen, the leading female driver in stakes won for the last five years is now free to drive at trials and on raceday. In a statement on the All Stars Website, Mark Purdon has said the RIU has reversed the decision on Natalie. "We were just getting on the plane home from Auckland when we got the news the RIU has reversed its decision and Natalie is free to drive at trials and raceday. "We were surprised it took this long but at least is happened and we can get on with it," he said. Rasmussen who has had an amazingly high UDR for the last several years is unbeaten with her drives so far this season, winning with her only two drives,both on Thefixer when he won his first two starts back this season. Rasmussen will drive the All Stars trained Eamon Maguire in the $50,000 Inkwise Canterbury Classic at Addington on Friday night after Thefixer was pulled out of the race with a minor foot problem.   Harnesslink Media and Courtesy of All Stars Website

The long wait for New Zealand's best trotter is almost at an end. But punters should be wary of backing comeback champ Monbet to win the $300,000 Dominion even though he will make his first public appearance in 22 months next week. The one-time Horse of The Year will finally make it back to the trials next Wednesday after having not raced, or even been to the workouts, since winning the Dominion at Addington in 2016. Monbet has struggled with leg problems since and had stem cell surgery which has resulted in a so far, so good prognosis. "He had his latest scan last Saturday and the vets said he was good to go to the next stage," said Ben Hope, whose parents Greg and Nina train Monbet. Monbet may head to the Flying Mile at Ashburton, a race he won fresh up two years ago, on October 22 before the Cup carnival. But while he is the $3.90 for the Dominion on November 16, Hope says Monbet is no certainty to start in New Zealand's richest trot even if he remains sound. "It could be a case where he goes to the Mile at Ashburton and the Free-For-All on Cup day but the Dominion is unsure at this stage," explains Hope. Even more unlikely is the Inter Dominion in Victoria. "That isn't something he is being aimed for at this stage and he is more likely, all going well, to head to Auckland with Enghien to campaign up there." Enghien will miss the Cup carnival as he has only started fast work and is being given plenty of time to find his feet as a five-year-old. The Hope stable, of which junior driver Ben is basically a third partner in the family training business, have been pleased with the two outings this season of New Zealand Cup contender AG's White Socks. He was caught late by Dream About Me after leading in the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru last Sunday and while they believe he is probably a better horse following, they wanted to stay in front last Sunday to earn some respect. The road to the New Zealand Cup gets busier over the next week, with favourite Ultimate Machete having his third trial this campaign at Rangiora yesterday while Harness Jewels winners Eamon Maguire returned for his first. Both pleased trainer Mark Purdon enough although Ultimate Machete did miss getting away properly, not as badly as he did in his first trial two weeks ago, but enough to make punters nervous as he is the favourite for the Cup. Star Galleria headlines the next Cup lead-up race at Alexandra Park tomorrow night.   Michael Guerin

This week’s rankings have again seen mainly minor changes. The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup ranking changes surround Dream About Me, following her narrow win in the Hannon Memorial on Sunday. She moved to fifth.  A G’s White Socks and Captain Dolmio both improve a spot for their respective placings in the race. The other changes are at the bottom of the rankings. Bettermatch hopped James Dean following a slick lower-grade win last Tuesday at Menangle. Zadaka’s superior performance in the Hannon saw him swap places with Don Domingo. While Bailey’s Knight, who claimed an overdue win at Addington last Thursday has moved a place off the bottom of the rankings. Potentially the biggest shake up in the ‘Cup’ rankings will come if the connections of Queensland pacer Alleluia confirm their late payment by 3.00pm this afternoon. The winner of 33 races is poised to sit on the fringe of a Cup start following several recent local wins and a third in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake FFA in July. Within the Used To Me @ Haras des Trotteurs Dominion realm Kyvalley Blur racked up win 28 at Melton on Saturday and moved into seventh. Alderbeck’s strong third off 40 metres at Oamaru saw her nudged ahead of Harriet Of Mot to 17th. In the same race Hey Yo was solid in second place. Her placing moved her two spots closer to a Dominion start at 21st. The winner of the main trot at Oamaru, Muscle’s Galore, made another leap in the rankings, this time to 34th. Mr Good And Evil almost avenged his mistake when leading in his previous Auckland start with a second to Heard The Whisper. With that he improved his ranking to 45th.     For the full list of rankings click here!   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

After his talented horse Tiger Thompson has been sold overseas from his stable, harness racing trainer Brad Mowbray will be looking for a replacement pacer to go through to the top grades.  Kingmaker might be that horse and he is a leading chance in the third leg of pick six at the New Zealand Metropoliton meeting tonight at Addington. The son of Mach Three has won his first two races in succession with the last win in 1-58.7 mile rate with a quick last half in better than 57 seconds.  Driver Matthew Williamson will have plenty of options on Kingmaker from gate two and he looks a good chance to make it a hat trick of wins tonight. Kingmaker is currently a $2.70 Fixed Odds win favourite with the New Zealand TAB. Tonight the pick six is on Races 4-9 inclusive guaranteed to $25,000 if struck.   Leg 1     Race 4 [7:10pm] A big finisher from last week Bettor Getta Lover has drawn badly again in tonights race but has the class to overcome the draw. Chatty Man from the in form Paul Court stable has run two good seconds at his previous two starts and is also a great winning chance. Pocket Call was well supported last start and was a good winner at recent trials and is another worth including in the first leg. A R Rose has also been ok at recent workouts.   Leg 2     Race 5 [7:40pm] There look to be several winning chances in the second leg of pick six.  Rogie Falls is the top chance and TAB favourite who draws the ace in the mobile 1950m race. He is needed along with Kapai who had good support at his first race day start. The mobile will suit Kapai and also Midnight Memories who was good running home late last start. Zeddie Marit is a bit of an unknown but the TAB bookies have kept him safe and he did win his qualifying trial and is also needed.   Leg 3     Race 6 [8:10pm] Kingmaker has won his first two races and does look to have a bit of a motor but this is a decent step up so no good thing. De Lancome should get a good run from the ace draw and could swoop late if the pace is on. Spare a thought for Nurburgring who was unlucky last start and draws ok in barrier three. Franco Texas has the gate speed and could lead but has not been finishing off his races like he can but is needed. Sails also ran home well last start and if she got a cart into the race before the turn could upset them.   Leg 4     Race 7 [8:39pm] A tricky leg of pick six here with a stand start affair over the 2000m stand. Prestonpans gets his chance from the ace if he can begin quickly and keep handy.  You really need as many horses as the budget allows in this leg but we favour Huey lewis, Hit The Sky, Flamboyant and Hercules Morse as the best of the rest in this race.   Leg 5     Race 8 [9:09pm] An even field of rated 40 to 50 trotters from the mobile. Tehoro Tease is probably the pick of them and she could lead again with Robbie Holmes in the sulky. Amabede needs to be driven with a sit but is dangerous with one run at them and Lady Beatrix Bourbon will appreciate the mobile and has drawn ok in Barrier three.   Leg 6     Race 9 [9:34pm]  The final leg is an even go and there are many chances. One Direction has been racing well and has drawn to race handy and he looks the pick of them. Others needed are Motoring Major who is racing ok and Just Dance who has been disappointing but can lob up when in the right mood.   Suggested Pick Six   ($30.00 for 10%) Leg 1     3,11,12 Leg 2     1,12 Leg 3     1,2,3,4,10 Leg 4     1,4,7,10,13 Leg 5     3,5 Leg 6     3,8   Harnesslink Media

Driver Tim Williams is certain Dream About Me will strip a fitter pacer at Addington tonight than she did a week ago — he just isn't sure whether stablemate Thefixer will be just as improved. And the answer to that question could decide the first group race of the harness season, the $30,000 Maurice Holmes Vase. Williams will partner Dream About Me, who hasn't won a race since the 2016 Auckland Cup but has rarely gone a bad one since either. Last season she was dogged by bad luck and chasing Lazarus and the now six-year-old mare produced the run of the race in the first open class contest of the season at Addington last Thursday. Tipped by champion trainer Mark Purdon to be in need of a run, Dream About Me looked just that as she sat parked for the last 800m and was only caught late by Thefixer. So if Dream About Me is fitter, which Williams is sure she is, then back to free-for-all conditions tonight she should win, right? "That would seem to make sense and she will definitely be better but the thing is we don't know how much fitter Thefixer will be too," admits Williams. "They both hadn't raced for a long time heading into last week and I think reverse the runs and reverse the result. "But we don't really know how good Thefixer is. A couple of years ago he came off Vincent's back and beat him in the New Zealand Cup that day so maybe he is a really good horse. So either of them could win without surprising me because these small field can provide very tactical racing." If Dream About Me can lead the race looks hers to lose because last season when she led it took Lazarus to beat her in the Flying Stakes at Ashburton. One thing looks certain, an All Stars victory. As good as the opposition are, it is hard to see any of them holding both the Purdon-Rasmussen stars at bay, with key rival John Dunn opting for Captain Dolmio as the best of his three chances and he was beaten after leading last week.   Michael Guerin

The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup nominations include last year’s place-getters Jack’s Legend and Tiger Tara.  The latter is one five Australian nominees including: Bettermatch, Chicago Bull, Cruz Bromac and Messini. The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion nominations reached a record 52.  Included in the nominations are five Australians: Gentleman Sir, Kyvalley Blur, My Tribeca, Tornado Valley and Une Belle Allure. Former champion trotter Monbet has also been nominated, despite not starting since winning the 2016 edition of the Dominion. The North Island is represented by a strong contingent initially, with 10 nominations.   2018 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Nominations   New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Tuesday 13th November   A G's White Socks Alta Orlando Baileys Knight Bettermatch Billy Badger Captain Dolmio Chicago Bull Classie Brigade Cruz Bromac Don Domingo Dream About Me Eamon Maguire Forgotten Highway Jack's Legend James Dean Lets Elope Letspendanitetogetha Locharburn Messini No Doctor Needed Northview Hustler Queen Bee Bardon Raukapuka Ruler Sheriff Star Galleria Thefixer Tiger Tara Tiger Thompson Ultimate Machete Zadaka   2018 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Nominations New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Friday 16th November   Alderbeck Amaretto Sun BD Khaosan BD Love Belles Son Benchmark Bordeaux Destiny Jones Doctor Bones Everybody Knows Galleons Victory Gentleman Sir Great Things Happen Habibi Inta Harriet Of Mot Harrysul Heavyweight Hero Hey Yo Jen Jaccka Kyvalley Blur Lavros Jack Le Lievre's Gift Leanne's Boy Lemond Lovely Bundy Marcoola Massive Metro McLovin Missandei Monbet Monkey's Way Monty Python Mr Good And Evil Muscles Galore My Tribeca Playboy's Brother Pres The Belle Quevert Ronald J Ruthless Kayla Speeding Spur Sundons Flyer Sundons Wish Sunny Ruby Temporale The Almighty Johnson Tornado Valley Une Belle Allure War Machine Wilma's Mate Winterfell Woodstone   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc  

There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week but harness racing is on the cusp of ramping up in the next month with grass track racing just around the corner. The Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness host a meeting tonight at Cambridge raceway, while the New Zealand Metropoliton Trotting Club hold their Canterbury Breeders and Owners racenight at Addington on Friday night. Forbury host their Spring has sprung day meeting at on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Geoff Knight who thought Jacks N Jazz would be hard to beat last Sunday at Gore. Jacks N Jazz did win and paid $8.30 and $2.70 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Harnesslink Reporter - says Crackared can go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 1 John Curtin - John thinks that Ardens Voyager would be a good winning chance at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive this week would be Jo's Dream at Cambridge in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best chance would be Paravani at Addington in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Gran Chico as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Dream About Me would be a good chance at Addington in Race 6 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Saying Grace at Addington in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that Stellar Success would be a place chance at Addington in Race 8 Racechat - Lance thinks that Lovey Dovey Moment is a winning chance at Addingont also in Race 8   Forbury on Sunday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Majestic De Fence at Forbury in Race 1 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Thisladyrocks as his best chance this week in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Itz Major Look as his best chance this week at at Forbury in Race 4 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz might be his best chance again this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks Fun In The Dark can go close to winning Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance would be Scarlett Lane at Forbury in Race 9 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Two Ply as his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Lazarus has a rare chance to complete a historic full set of major race wins after securing a perfect draw for Sunday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The champion Kiwi pacer has drawn barrier two in his second North American start, which is scheduled for 1.50pm (NZ time) on Sunday and after his bullying win in the Dan Patch in Indiana two weeks ago he has opened a $1.45 favourite with the NZ TAB. The Dan Patch was Lazarus' first start for his new United States owners after being sold for $4 million in the hopes he can win some of North America's biggest races and become a dual-hemisphere stallion prospect. The Dan Patch victory, in which Lazarus overcame barrier nine to lead for most of the race, saw the hype around the six-year-old go sky high and with Sunday's field not much stronger, Lazarus will only need to maintain that performance level to probably win again. Although trotting races are held in many parts of the world, the pacing gait is the focal point of the harness racing industry in only four countries - New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada. If Lazarus wins on Sunday, he will have won a group one race or equivalent level race in all four of those countries inside 10 months. So while Kiwi pacing heroes such as Cardigan Bay and Young Quinn have tasted serious success in North America before, Lazarus' effort might be the first clean-sweep in such a short-time frame. Such is the interest in the superstar, Trackside television plan to have 20 minutes of lead-in from the Woodbine track before the race. Closer to home, Dream About Me looks set to start favourite in Friday night's Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington as the countdown to the New Zealand Trotting Cup starts to get serious. Thefixer downed Dream About Me in the first open class race of the season last Thursday but that was under handicap conditions with Dream About Me off 30m. On Friday, they meet under free-for-all conditions and with Dream About Me expected to derive enormous benefit from last Thursday she could well head the market. Both Thefixer and Dream About Me have been touted as possible Victoria Cup raiders in mid-October as that Melton classic is unlikely to have the depth of previous years and could be a lucrative target for the stablemates before they return to Addington for the New Zealand Cup in November. Michael Guerin

There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week but we are nearing the end of the quietest stretch of harness racing in the new season. The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club host a meeting tonight at Addington raceway, while the Auckland Trotting Club hold their second mid- August racenight at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Gore host their August meeting at on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Jay Abernethy who thought The Hulk would be hard to beat last Thursday night at Cambridge Raceway. The Hulk did win and paid $4.10 and $1.20 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Addington on Thursday night Mark Jones - Mark is going for Immortal Change as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best chance would be Spicy Girl Becqui at Addington in Race 2 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Mickey Jay might be his best drive this week in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - says Pro Surfer can go close to winning at Addington in Race 5 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that Enchantee would be an each way chance at Addington in Race 9 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Kingslayer again at Addington also in Race 9   Auckland on Friday night Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Grenado as his best chance this week at Auckland in Race 1 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks American Delight can go close to winning Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks that Taramakau Reactor would be a good winning chance at Auckland in Race 7 Tony Herlihy - Tony says his best chance this week would be English Rose at Auckland also in Race 7 Dylan Ferguson - Dylan is going for Waingro Mara this week at Auckland in Race 9 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive would be The Persuader at Auckland also in Race 9   Gore on Sunday Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz might be his best chance this week in Race 5 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive might be Ferritts Sister also in Race 5  Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Doubt Me Not as his best drive this week in Race 7 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Franco Santino at Gore in Race 8 Racechat - Lance thinks that Ossessione is a chance at longer odds at Gore also in Race 8 Brent Barclay - Brent says his best drive this week would be Mr Kiwi at Gore in Race 9 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Stun Gun as his best drive this week at Gore also in Race 9     Harnesslink Media

Champion trainer Mark Purdon is as blunt as possible in assessing Dream About Me’s chances when New Zealand’s best pacing mare returns to Addington tonight.  “She will desperately need the run,” says Purdon matter-of-factly.  So while Dream About Me is by far the best performed horse in the National Handicap, Purdon doubts the former Auckland Cup winner will beat stablemate Thefixer, let alone win the race.  Dream About Me hasn’t raced since a luckless New Zealand Cup week last November, with hoof issues curtailing a season that earlier saw her push Lazarus to a half neck in the Flying Stakes at Ashburton.  The now six-year-old millionairess has had four trials to prepare her for tonight’s comeback but most have been quiet affairs and Purdon is adamant she will need the run.  “We have brought quite a few of ours up a little later this season and she is a big mare anyway so I’d be happy to see her running on,” he says.  “I would be pretty confident Thefixer would be too forward for her.” Punters might still be tempted by each way odds for Dream About Me as she comes in well at the handicaps and Purdon’s often cautious approach to his fresh runners have proven wrong before. But the reality is he will be happy to see driver Tim Williams relax Dream About Me and let her run on so for all her class even her biggest fans might be better off watching rather than punting tonight.  Thefixer is also fresh up from two wins at Cup week last November but is a more streamlined pacer and therefore forward enough to win but he is by no means a good thing as the Rovert Dunn stable have two reps who have looked more advanced than the Purdon-Rasmussen pair at recent public outings.  Letspendanitetogetha beat Alta Orlando, who has been scratched from tonight;’s race, and another stablemate Captain Dolmio at the most recent Rangiora workout that all of tonight’s big players lined up in.  A lot will depend on the tempo of the race and who gets the best run in what could be a game of cat and mouse but victory for Letspendanitetogetha or Captain Dolmio  wouldn’t surprise.  Purdon will watch the race from Victoria where he is putting the final touches on his powerful pair for Saturday night’s Breeders Crown finals at Melton. He is thrilled with unbeaten filly Princess Tiffany before her A$290,000 juvenile pace final while Another Masterpiece is also spot on heading into the boy’s equivalent but faces a second line draw.  “Princess Tiffany has handled the season incredibly well and she is as good if not better than she has been all year. I can’t fault her,” says Purdon.  “Another Masterpiece is also good but might have to sit parked which is a hard way to win.”  Purdon will also drive trotting filly Show Gait for young Canterbury trainer Regan Todd and says she worked the best she has this campaign yesterday morning and is the horse to beat in her A$70,000 final.   Michael Guerin

Thursday 6am In The Gig - With replays through the week Addington (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park(TS1) Sunday Gore (TS1)   TAB Jackpots Friday night - $25,000 Pick Six at Addington Saturday night - $30,000 Pick Six at Alexandra Park Melton Saturday Night – A$60,000 Bonus Quaddie on Races 5/6/7/8 (Breeders Crown Finals) August and September - Every Sunday will have a $20,000 Guaranteed Quaddie on the last four races.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE TOMORROW & FRIDAY 31 AUGUST! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn.   THE MET MULTIPLIER $7,000 BONUS HAS BECOME EVEN MORE ACCESSIBLE THIS SEASON HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!  (Bonus split - $5,000 to owner(s) / $2,000 to trainers) HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES (up to five of these can be amateur races) over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts. Your win can also come in an amateur race.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/083132pg.htm        August 31 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/090732pg.htm        September 7 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/091432pg.htm        September 14 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/092032pg.htm     September 20 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/092832pg.htm     September 28 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/100532pg.htm         October 5 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Alexandra Park – Friday 24 August Friday 14th of September - Thai Night. Thai night features an all you can eat Thai buffet, traditional entertainment, live harness racing and more! Book for your chance to win big with Thai airways! If you have any further questions or to book, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or give us a call on 09 631 1165   ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   Alexandra Park Ultimate Christmas party dates announced Alexandra Park has officially announced its Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings, with eight dates confirmed for November and December.  2018’s Christmas At The Races will take place on Fridays 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 15 December. “Christmas at the Races is one of our most popular events of the year. If you’re looking for a fantastic and easy to organise Christmas party with delicious food, stunning décor, great entertainment, and an all-round fun night out for everyone then this is it,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. Alexandra Park’s advertising campaign this year reminds people that ‘It’s never too early…’ In fact, tickets are already selling fast, with some rooms on some nights already sold out or close to it!  “These incredibly popular evenings make for the perfect work Christmas party. With just four months until Christmas, we’re encouraging people, businesses and organisations not to sit back but make that booking now,” she says. Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment. “Not only are we providing eight dates to choose from, including two Saturdays, but we’re giving people plenty of options when it comes to location, the type of hospitality package, and cost. However, regardless of the hospitality package people decide, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous Christmas-style buffet. “We’ve got Holly packages available from $70 per person, Mistletoe packages at $115, and Pohutukawa packages in our stunning level five venue, Top of the Park, from $165 per person which includes our premium buffet, a premium drinks package and of course the best view at Alexandra Park,” says Ms Visser. For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz. Alexandra Park’s internationally-themed cuisine race nights continue with Thai Night on Friday 14 September where two return air tickets to Thailand will be won thanks to Thai Airways. Italian Night is on 21 September and Tropical Nights At The Races will take place on 13 and 27 October.   Gore Harness Racing Club – Sunday 26 August Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season. At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds. At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds. The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March. That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs! Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support. QUALIFYING DATES: Sunday 26 August Gore HRC - Gore Sunday 21 October Tuapeka HRC – Forbury Park, Dunedin Sunday 28 October Invercargill HRC – Invercargill Sunday 4 November Riverton TC – Invercargill Sunday 11 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 18 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill    North Island Awards – Saturday 1 September To be held in the Tasman Room at Alexandra Park. Commencing at 5.30pm, three course dinner, beer, wine, spirits and juices and live band on the night. Tickets are $130 per head, with juniors and cadets full subsidized. Formal dress, jacket and tie. For tickets and more information contact Suzanne Herlihy 027 407 1057.   Alexandra Park - He’s Watching Stallion Tender Alexandra Park is thrilled to offer a stallion tender to promising new sire He’s Watching, courtesy of Alabar Stud. Tenders close 8pm 21 September 2018, for more information or for a Tender Application please email Karen Blanchard franklinparktc@alexandrapark.nz   Mutt Hutt Dates Dates for the Mount Hutt Trotting Club workouts and trials for the 18/19 season? 2018 Aug 25TH Sat Sept 8th Trials         Sept 22nd Sat Oct 6th  Sat               Oct 27th Sat Nov 11th Sun Trials    Nov 17th Sat Dec 8th Sat          Dec 22nd Sat 2019  Jan 12th Sat   Jan 26th Sat Feb 3rd Sun         Feb 17th Sun  Trials      Feb 24th  Sun Mar 9th Sat       Mar 23rd Sat Apr 6th Sat       Apr 27th Sat May 11th Sat   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner - Saturday 15 September 2018 6.30pm pre-dinner drinks - 7.15pm dinner and awards. Master of Ceremonies will be Mark McNamara – race caller extraordinaire! Tickets $55 each -Table of ten $550 Includes a superb buffet dinner, introductory drink and platters, interspersed with the presentation of awards. Numbers limited to 300 To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Noel Kennard 021 969 969, 347 9699, Email: noel@goharness.co.nz   HRNZ Marketing

Gavin Smith is hoping his patience pays off at Addington tonight. What Smith has done with stable star Great Things Happen and what he would liked to have done with him are two very different things. What he has done is craft a short but sometimes spectacular career, punctuated by breathtaking wins in races such as last season's NZ Free-For-All at Addington. On days like that Great Things Happen looks the equal of any trotter in Australasia outside of Monbet but when he resumes as a seven-year-old at Addington tonight it will be just his 32nd start. Which is not what Smith has wanted. He would relish a 12-14 start season, taking on the numerous group one opportunities for the open class trotters. He hopes that finally comes true this season. "That would be great, to be able to race him for a full season," says Smith. "But it just hasn't worked out that way. Last season, he had a recurring problem with a quarter crack and I thought I could keep patching it up and having half seasons with him or give him the whole six months off and start again. So I put the horse first and missed a lot of big races last season. But his feet are now great." They have looked that way in recent trials when Great Things Happen has dominated in the style of a fresh-up winner in what looks a perfect race tonight. "He obviously isn't at his peak and is still pretty round but he should still win," says Smith. "Then he can have another race and we will give him a short break, get ready for Cup week and start thinking about things like the Inter Dominion and all the big races later in the season. "But it is great to have a horse like him back." Although the domestic harness scene lacks any other stars this weekend, Harness Jewels winners Princess Tiffany and Another Masterpiece take on Aussie's best in semifinals of the Breeders Crown at Bendigo on Saturday night. Trainer Mark Purdon is thrilled with both horses but slightly concerned by their barrier draws, particularly the second line marble for Another Masterpiece.   Michael Guerin

There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week so we are in the quietest stretch of the new season for harness racing in New Zealand. Several of our regular contributors are also away on holiday during this time so the ringaround page is a bit smaller than normal over this period.  Waikato Bay Of Plenty host a meeting tonight at Cambridge raceway, while the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club hold their Mid August racenight at Addington Raceway on Friday night Kurow host their annual meeting at Oamaru on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Tony Herlihy who thought Red Reactor would be hard to beat last Friday night. Red Reactor did win and paid $6.20 and $2.30 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday night John Curtin - John thinks that Just Wing It would be a winning chance at Cambridge in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive would be Royal Lincoln at Cambridge in Race 5 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for The Hulk as his best chance this week at Cambridge in Race 6 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best drive is probably Rise To Success at Cambridge in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks Gran Chico can go close to winning Race 4 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Kingslayer at Addington in Race 6 Harnesslink Reporter - says Beau Vista can go close to winning at Addington in Race 8 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Robyn's Gem as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Rydgemont Son might be his best drive this week in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Change The Print as his best drive this week at Oamaru in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks that Fancy Schmancy is a good winning chance at Oamaru in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week could be Jen Jaccka in Race 6     Harnesslink Media

Trackside Listings Thursday Cambridge (TS1) Friday Addington (TS1) Sunday Kurow (TS1)   TAB Jackpots Friday night - $25,000 Pick Six at Auckland August and September - Every Sunday will have a $20,000 Guaranteed Quaddie on the last four races   Cambridge - Thursday Night 8 races starting at 5.40pm   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone, It is exciting, we are back racing this week.  RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY, 23 & 31 AUGUST! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. KIWI PUNTERS CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 3 IS THIS FRIDAY AT ADDINGTON AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR NEW ZEALAND’S BEST PUNTER We invite you to register online to compete for your slice of over $100,000 in local prizes and a trip for two to LAS VEGAS, where you’ll contend for US$2.5M at the National Horseplayers Championship Tour Final in February 2019.   Important information to assist you becoming New Zealand’s best punter: § There is no entry fee payable. Receipt of $500 (per syndicate) betting funds validate entry. § For the first time this year, selected Fixed Odds Betting is available. § There are 12 heats/opportunities to gain entry into the Kiwi Punters Championship Grand Final that is being held at Addington Raceway on Friday 16 November.  § For information on heat dates, locations, terms and conditions and to register, Please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/kiwi-punters-championship/ THE MET MULTIPLIER $7,000 BONUS HAS BECOME EVEN MORE ACCESSIBLE THIS SEASON HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!  (Bonus split - $5,000 to owner(s) / $2,000 to trainers) HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES (up to five of these can be amateur races) over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts. Your win can also come in an amateur race.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/082332pg.htm  August 23 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/083132pg.htm        August 31 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Kurow Harness Racing Club –  Sunday 19 August, Owners Appreciation BBQ We have a brand new Facebook Page! We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting. Free kids entertainment and free entry.  Gerald Cayford, the new president of the Kurow Harness Racing Club, will host a barbeque for owners and licence holders at the annual race meeting of the club at Oamaru on Sunday, August 19. Cayford has succeeded Tony Wall, who had four years as president. ‘’Entertainment is my specialty and we will have the bus and a marquee tent set up for the barbeque,” said Cayford, who will be assisted by his son, Jason, a member of the committee. The “bus” is a mobile motor home often used by Gerald to attend race meetings and entertain. “Anyone can come along and have a chat to us about racing.” Gerald has also stepped in to sponsor the $14,500 Kurow Cup. “A sponsor dropped out at the last minute so I decided to front up and give trainer Amber Hoffman a boost,’’ he said. The cup will be sponsored under the name of her Glamour Hooves stable at Waikouaiti. Cayford has raced numerous horses among them the trotter Heard The Whisper, winner of six races but subsequently hindered by injury. Gerald is in the ownership of Motu Top Mach, the up and coming 3yr-old, who has won twice in four starts. He hopes to be represented at the Kurow meeting by Sheez Good and Sefton Hooligan, both raced in partnerships. Sheez Good, trained by Patrick O’Reilly, has won three races. Sefton Hooligan is trained by Hoffman.   Alexandra Park  Friday 14th of September - Thai Night. Thai night features an all you can eat Thai buffet, traditional entertainment, live harness racing and more! Book for your chance to win big with Thai airways! If you have any further questions or to book, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or give us a call on 09 631 1165 ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   North Island Awards – Saturday 1 September To be held in the Tasman Room at Alexandra Park. Commencing at 5.30pm, three course dinner, beer, wine, spirits and juices and live band on the night. Tickets are $130 per head, with juniors and cadets full subsidized. Formal dress, jacket and tie. For tickets and more information contact Suzanne Herlihy 027 407 1057.   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner - Saturday 15 September 2018 6.30pm pre-dinner drinks - 7.15pm dinner and awards. Master of Ceremonies will be Mark McNamara – race caller extraordinaire! Tickets $55 each -Table of ten $550 Includes a superb buffet dinner, introductory drink and platters, interspersed with the presentation of awards. Numbers limited to 300 To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Noel Kennard 021 969 969, 347 9699, Email: noel@goharness.co.nz   HRNZ Marketing

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